Just another day in paradise…

The sky was blue, the snow was white, the air was calm, the trail was firm, and yada, yada, yada. Just another …. oh, you know the drill.

Usually, the lower half of the river, south of the mudflats, is pretty empty, with just a few mallards and maybe a gull or two, but today I saw somebody new, our first female goldeneye, swimming and diving all by herself. I wonder if she has already checked out the dudes up river and simply found them all lacking.

When I did get to the falls, I was surprised to find just a dozen or so mallards, no diving birds, and no raptors. I wonder what’s up with that? Anyway, the remaining mallards seemed to be doing just fine, and these two characters, even took a break to ride on an ice floe.

Finally, I swung by the pond to check on our Cooper’s hawk from yesterday, after one concerned reader wonder if it was somehow stuck to that branch. I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to know that, as of this morning, it appears to have successfully moved on. Phew! Instead, I was serenaded by this red-hued little fellow, and this time I’m going with house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus). Don’t @ me!

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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